The Vector Festival (originally Vector: Game + Art Convergence), is a new media art festival, that I co-founded in 2013 with several other artist / curators in Toronto, Ontario (Clint Enns, Katie Micak, Christine Kim). Over the past number of years, the Vector festival has hosted hundreds of artists, curators and scholars, whose work critically addresses the politics, technologies and aesthetics of new media art, and videogames. While originally intended to serve as a critical bridge between these worlds, highlighting how games are often marginalized in new media art, the festival now incorporates an array of works that oscillate between games / new media.
The festival has seen many changes over the years; in 2013 and 2014, the festival featured multiple concurrent events, exhibitions, screenings, panels, workshops, performances. 2015 saw the festival reduced to a more singular stream. 2013's co-organizers where Clint Enns, Katie Micak and Christine Kim, 2014 was co-organized by Diana Poulsen, Martin Zeilinger and myself, and 2015 was organized by myself and Martin Zeilinger. Recently, we handed over the administrative reigns of the festival to Interaccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, as a means of ensuring the festival's long term sustainability. For the 2016 and 2017 editions, Martin Zeilinger and I will be co-curating the festival, and will then be moving on, opening Vector up to new curatorial visions and possibilities.
Vector has seen partnerships and collaborations with many local art and games organizations, including the Hand Eye Society, Dames Making Games, OCADu, Feminists in Games (FiG), Videofag, Cinecycle, NAISA, Musicworks,and the UCLA Game Lab. We have hosted several guest curators including Isabelle Arvers, Lee Tusman and Sarah Brinn, as well as numerous emerging and established artists including Eddo Stern, Bill Viola, Peggy Awesh, Jon Rafman, Craig Baldwin, and many more. Vector has received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.
In addition to the festival proper, Vector has seen collaborations outside the festival with Toronto's Long Winter, and the Music Gallery's X-Avant Music Festival.
I'm fairly proud of the work we've accomplished thus far with the festival, and am looking forward to seeing how it evolves over time. Each year's website has been archived online : Vector 2013, Vector 2014, Vector 2015.